Emery with Spartak Moscow
|Full name||Unai Emery Etxegoien|
|Date of birth||3 November 1971|
|Place of birth||Hondarribia, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1990–1995||Real Sociedad B||40||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
During his playing days, spent almost exclusively in Segunda División – 215 matches in seven years – he played as a left midfielder. He subsequently embarked on a managerial career, spending several seasons in La Liga with Valencia, where he led the team to several third-place finishes.
Born in Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Emery was a youth graduate of Real Sociedad, but never really broke into the first team (aged 24 he appeared in five La Liga games, scoring against Albacete Balompié in an 8–1 home win). After that, he resumed his career mostly in Segunda División.
Lorca and Almería
As he was seriously injured in the knee while at Lorca in the 2004–05 season, Emery was offered the vacant manager position by the club president, and immediately helped it achieve promotion to the second division for the first time in its history, while beating top level side Málaga CF in the Copa del Rey.
In his second season, the Murcian club's first ever in the second level, the team finished fifth with 69 points, only five points off promotion to the top flight. It suffered relegation the following campaign, after the manager's departure.
Emery then moved to UD Almería in division two, and again helped his squads overachieve: after guiding to a first ever promotion in 2007, the Andalusian side finished eighth in the following campaign. This prompted a move to Valencia CF, as he succeeded Ronald Koeman.
In his first season with the Che, Emery led them to a sixth place-finish, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Europa League, in spite of the club's serious financial problems. He led his team to the round-of-32 in the UEFA Cup, a 3–3 aggregate loss against FC Dynamo Kyiv, and the quarter-finals of the domestic cup, exiting against Sevilla FC.
In 2009–10 Emery led Valencia to the third place, with the club returning to the UEFA Champions League after two years. In the season's Europa League the team lost in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Atlético Madrid, on the away goals rule, and exited in the round-of-16 in the Spanish cup against Deportivo de La Coruña, losing 3–4 on aggregate; in May 2010, he renewed his contract for another year.
The 2010–11 season started without David Villa and David Silva, sold to FC Barcelona and Manchester City respectively. Still, Emery managed to win five out of the first six league games (one draw), starting the Champions League campaign with a 4–0 win in Turkey against Bursaspor, a competition in which Valencia was eliminated in the round-of-16 by FC Schalke 04, being ousted in the same stage in the Spanish Cup by Villarreal CF. In the domestic league the team finished third, thus again qualifying to the Champions League.
On 13 May 2012, Leonid Fedun, owner of Russian team FC Spartak Moscow, announced Emery as club coach for the following two seasons. On 25 November he was sacked after a run of poor results, the last a 1–5 derby home loss against FC Dynamo Moscow.
Emery returned to his country on 14 January 2013, replacing sacked Míchel at the helm of Sevilla. He led the club to the fifth position in his first full season and, on 14 May 2014, also won the Europa League after defeating S.L. Benfica on penalties.
After finishing the 2014–15 campaign in fifth place, one point behind former club Valencia, Emery again won the Europa League, thus qualifying for the following Champions League. The victory meant that Sevilla became the most successful club in the history of the UEFA Cup/Europa League, with four trophies, and he signed a one-year contract extension on 5 June 2015 which kept him at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium until 2017, after reported interest from West Ham United and S.S.C. Napoli.
||This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. (May 2015)|
- As of 19 February 2015
|Lorca Deportiva||1 November 2004||30 June 2006||80||36||22||22||117||78||+39||45.00|
|Almería||1 July 2006||22 May 2008||84||39||20||25||118||97||+21||46.43|
|Valencia||22 May 2008||13 May 2012||220||107||58||55||385||262||+123||48.64|
|Spartak Moscow||13 May 2012||25 November 2012||26||12||4||10||43||41||+2||46.15|
|Sevilla||14 January 2013||Present||121||65||28||28||236||149||+87||53.72|
- Miguel Muñoz Trophy (Segunda División): 2005–06, 2006–07
- La Liga Manager of the Month: March 2014, January 2015
Emery's father and grandfather, respectively named Juan and Antonio, were also footballers, both in the goalkeeper position. The former appeared for several clubs in the second tier, whilst the latter competed with Real Unión in the top level; his uncle, Román, played as a midfielder.
- "La Real se desmelena" [Real goes crazy] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 13 May 1996. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "Emery asciende al Lorca contra la saga familiar" [Emery promotes Lorca against family saga] (in Spanish). El País. 27 June 2005. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Un éxito del Lorca de Emery" [Success of Emery's Lorca] (in Spanish). Diario Vasco. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
- "Unai Emery, ya en Almería" [Unai Emery, in Almería as of now] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Almería, 27 años después" [Almería, 27 years later] (in Spanish). El País. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "La juerga del Almería agrava la 'depre' perica" [Almería's party worsens parakeet 'depre'] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- Emery to take on Valencia challenge; UEFA.com, 22 May 2008
- "Unai Emery renueva su contrato con el Valencia" [Unai Emery renews his contract with Valencia] (in Spanish). RTVE. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "El Valencia se asegura la tercera posición" [Valencia confirms third place] (PDF) (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Spartak name Emery new coach". FIFA.com. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Spartak dismiss Emery after derby defeat". Soccerway. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012.
- Míchel es destituido y deja paso a Emery, que firma hasta Junio de 2014 (Míchel is sacked and makes way for Emery, who signs until June 2014); Sevilla's official website, 14 January 2013 (Spanish)
- "Sevilla 0–0 Benfica". BBC Sport. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- Keegan, Mike (27 May 2015). "Dnipro 2–3 Sevilla: Carlos Bacca scores twice as La Liga side survive scare to retain Europa League crown and earn Champions League spot with dramatic win in Warsaw". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- "Spain to have five clubs in Champions League". UEFA.com. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- "Sevilla out on their own in all-time standings". UEFA.com. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- "Unai Emery rejects West Ham to stay at Sevilla". All Sports News. June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA.com. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- Emery, protagonista a nivel nacional (Emery, a national protagonist) (Spanish)
- Premios BBVA a los mejores de marzo (BBVA Awards for best in March); Liga de Fútbol Profesional, 7 April 2014 (Spanish)
- Unai Emery, Liga BBVA manager of the month for January; Liga de Fútbol Profesional, 5 February 2015
- "Emery: hijo de portero, padre de entrenador" [Emery: son of a goalkeeper, father of a coach] (in Spanish). La Nueva España. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Muere el padre de Unai Emery" [The father of Unai Emery dies] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "La dinastía de los Emery" [Emery dynasty] (in Spanish). El Comercio. 15 November 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
- "Vidas cruzadas en la saga de los Emery" [Crossed paths in Emery saga] (in Spanish). El País. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
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